Purpose. It’s what lights up your face, it’s what makes it a joy to get up in the morning and be alive. It’s what fills you with energy. It’s what you want to share with others, what you enthusiastically enjoy talking about. Purpose is about knowing how you will use your talents to add value to life. It’s one of the key elements of happiness.
Some people just know. It’s like they were born knowing their talents and purpose. For others, it’s more difficult to identify, clarify and understand. We must fumble and stumble and feel our way as we attempt to puzzle it out. There’s no magic formula, but there are some things we can do that will unearth clues.
- Schedule quiet time for reflection.
- Explore your talents and strengths, values and mission with the Discover U series.
- Write in a journal.
- Create a vision board.
Brian Tracy on Talents:
- •You love to do it.
- •You do it well.
- •It is responsible for most of your success and happiness.
- •It was easy to learn and easy to do.
- •It holds your attention.
- •You love to learn about it.
- •When you do it, time stands still.
- •You admire and respect other people who are good at it.
What did you love to do as a child? What are you doing when you lose all track of time, in flow?
What are you always chasing?
“The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball.” -Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, said this in an MIT commencement speech. Read more at What are You Passionate About?
You can build your purpose…
“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life.” -John Gardner. Read more at Design Your Life Like an Architect.
Tools for Purpose
How to Start a Fire is a free ebook with the best tools I’ve found for discovering passion and purpose. Find more tools to explore interests and skills, strengths and talents, personal qualities and values at the Daily PlanIt Sticky Wiki and at List.ly.
- Oprah’s Find Your Passion Tool.
- The Name Your Talent Exercise from the book “Is Your Genius at Work?” by Dick Richards.
- The Pave Your Life Roadmap from Idea Sandbox.
- Map Your Values describes different meanings of the word value.
The process of discovering your personal brand provides clarity about what you are passionate about. Your A value statement can be a mission statement or Unique Selling Proposition that pinpoints what you do and why. Read more at Personal Branding for a Purpose.
More Clue Resources:
- Strengths-Tools at www.thestrengthsfoundation.org
- Wheel of Life (pdf) | Dynamic Time Management card sort
Keep looking for those clues…